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GPS aids national animal identification system

Kansas State University researchers will work with the Kansas Animal Health Department to develop a national animal identification system. The work has received an $805,000 federal grant. The grant, awarded by the U.S. Department of Agriculture, is part of $11.64 million awarded in a competitive program to states and tribes for a national identification plan’s premise identification network. Using GPS that mark animal loading and unloading sites, the system will link state health authorities’ databases in the central United States with electronic individual cattle identification, premise identification and the location of the animals.